Want to contribute towards local projects in the community and meet new people? Cumberland Council has an established volunteers program open to anyone interested in contributing to council’s initiatives and activities.
Volunteering can provide you with valuable work experience, a chance to contribute to community life, the chance to meet new people and allow you to learn new skills
How to become a volunteer
Step 1 – Think about what’s involved…
Before you apply for a volunteer position we ask that you consider the following questions
- What is your motivation for volunteering how will it benefit you/others?
- Do have some time available to give to the activity?
- Are you willing to make a commitment to see the project through?
- Are you prepared to undertake training necessary for the role?
- Are you prepared to undergo a Working with Children check as a requirement in some of the roles?
- Are you prepared to undergo a National Criminal check as a requirement in some of the roles?
Step 2 – Finding the right volunteer position…
- Read through the Cumberland Council Volunteer Position Description and select the one that you feel most suited to.
- If your position requires a Working With Children Check, apply online for one.
Step 3 – Send in your application form.
- Download the Cumberland Volunteer Application Form. Please include any details on volunteer roles you’re interested in, skills you can bring and skills you would like to learn. This helps in finding you a suitable position.
- You’ll receive a confirmation email that your application has been received
- Attend a volunteer information session. This is an opportunity to meet the Volunteer Coordinator and talk more about your application.
Please return your completed volunteer application form to:
Post: Cumberland Council, PO Box 118, Auburn 1835
In person: Civic Centre, 1 Susan Street, Auburn 2144
OR 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands 2160
Fax: (02) 9840 9734
Come along to one of our volunteer information sessions to find out more about volunteering and upcoming volunteer opportunities. We recommend you attend one of these sessions before submitting your application.
Want to volunteer in Aged and Disability? Are you Trustworthy, reliable, pleasant and patient? Aged and Disability might be the role for you.
For further inquiries contact Carmen Debono on (02) 9636 8352 (Wed-Fri) or firstname.lastname@example.org
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does the process take?
If you are successful in gaining a volunteering position with Cumberland Council we will try and place you within one month from your initial enquiry, depending on what area you choose to work in.
Am I guaranteed a volunteer job if I apply?
No, in order for the experience to be a positive one for both yourself and the organisation it is important that we match your skills, knowledge and motivation against the requirements of the volunteer position which may not always be possible.
I want to get office experience to help improve my employment prospects
Due to high demand administration assistant volunteer roles are required to go through a simple interview process. If you select this on your application, you will be contacted by email when the next administration volunteer position is available and given the opportunity to apply for this volunteer role.
Please note, due to high demand, preference for these volunteer roles are given to residents of the Cumberland Area.
Can I be guaranteed the number of hours I need to meet Centrelink / Work for the Dole requirements?
No, unfortunately due to the types of volunteer roles available we are not able to guarantee the amount of hours that may be required by Centrelink.
Can I get a reference?
The volunteer supervisor can provide you with a statement of service which details your roles and responsibilities and hours volunteer, however it is not Council’s policy to give written references. Your volunteer coordinator is able to give a verbal reference over the phone.
Is there a chance that I might gain paid work in the organisation if I volunteer first?
We are unable to guarantee that volunteering with Council will result in paid employment.
Do you pay out of pocket expenses?
Yes, the Council pays out of pocket expenses which are incurred whilst performing volunteer duties.
Do I have to have a Working with Children Check?
Yes for certain positions it’s required by legislation that volunteers have to undertake a Working with Children Check. There is no cost to volunteers for the Working with Children Check.
Do I have to have a Police Check?
Yes for certain positions it’s required by legislation that volunteers have to undertake a National Criminal Check which Council will arrange and cover costs for eligible candidates.
Am I covered by Insurance?
Yes, Cumberland Council volunteers are covered by insurance whilst undertaking volunteer duties.
Do I need to attend an Information session?
We recommend you attend an information session, to find out more about the volunteer roles available with Council and meet the volunteer coordinator.
Is there someone supporting me as I volunteer?
All Cumberland Council volunteers are allocated a supervisor who will provide training, sound guidance and direction to make it easy and enjoyable to carry out their volunteering work.
I’m under 18 years old – can I still volunteer?
Volunteer positions are only available for people aged over 16 years. Volunteers aged between 16-18 years old will require signed permission from a parent before starting their volunteer position.
For more information contact the Community Participation and Engagement Officer on 9735 1209.